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The Royal Opera House Muscat goes “cashless”

The Royal Opera House Muscat has announced it has become a “fully cashless” venue as its management aims to provide the “best possible visitor experience”.  Henceforth, no cash is accepted for any purchase made within the venue, with only payments now being accepted by credit and debit card, gift cards, online, or by bank cheque.

Royal Opera House Muscat is the leading arts and culture organisation in the Sultanate of Oman. The vision of the Opera House is to “serve as a centre of excellence in global cultural engagement”.

The Royal Opera House Muscat was built in the early 2000’s on the order of the late Sultan Qaboos of Oman who had been always a fan of classical music and arts. It was officially opened on October 12, 2011, with a production of the opera Turandot, featuring Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo. It features unique contemporary Omani architecture, and can accommodate an audience of up to 1,100 people. The opera house complex consists of a concert theatre, auditorium, formal landscaped gardens, cultural market with retail, luxury restaurants and an art centre for musical, theatrical and operatic productions.

In an official statement, the theatre management claims: “We strive to enrich lives through diverse artistic, cultural, and educational programmes. The multidisciplinary work of Royal Opera House Muscat showcases rich and diverse artistic creations from Oman, the region, and the world; provides a space for culture and socioeconomic development reflections and actions; inspires audiences and nurtures creativity with innovative programs; fosters cultural vitality and unleashes talent; promotes cultural tourism; and puts cultural diplomacy into practice by reinvigorating global and multi-disciplinary collaborations and exchanges.”

Designed by Carillion Alawi, the initial concept for the project was drawn up by the British-based Theatre Projects Consultants, and the architectural firm chosen to turn the sultan’s vision into reality was Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo. The opera house was the first in the world equipped with Radio Marconi’s multimedia interactive display seatback system, Mode23.

Opera Galleria opens as a luxury shopping destination

The “Opera Galleria”, Royal Opera House Muscat’s new flagship shopping destination, is host to high-end shops, international brands, and an array of international cafés and dining options. It boasts 50 shops offering a “wide range and carefully balanced mix” of art outlets, gems, fashion and perfumes. Additionally, a Bank Muscat Branch provides its banking and financial services to visitors of the Royal Opera House Muscat…​

Photo: Military Music at Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) – © Khalid Al Busaidi